Board of Directors


Dr. Jan Hux – Chair

Jan-Hux Jan is the Chief Science Officer at Diabetes Canada where she provides scientific and strategic input to the research, educational and communications activities of the association. Prior to joining Diabetes Canada in 2012, she was a Senior Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) where for over 15 years she carried out health services research in the areas of diabetes, end stage renal disease and drug utilization. She provided senior administrative leadership at ICES as interim Chief Executive Officer and as Chief Operating Officer. She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto in the Departments of Medicine and Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and an Adjunct Scientist at ICES. She is also a clinician and has practiced both general internal medicine and palliative care at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. Jan and her husband (Edwin Martin) live near Hastings.

Jill Hutcheon – Past Chair

Jill-Hutcheon Jill retired from working with the Ontario Government six years ago after a 37-year career. She has held many executive positions including President and Chair of the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and Deputy Minister of Labour. She has experience in diverse areas including financial, operational, strategic planning, communications and issue management and negotiations. She has headed several federal–provincial task groups. Jill lives on Belmont Lake.

Gerry Hutcheon – Treasurer

Gerry-Hutcheon Gerry Hutcheon is a retired Chartered Professional Accountant and is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. In his career, he has worked in public accounting, the private sector, the broader public sector and with the federal government.

He was the Vice-President of Finance for a large Toronto hospital. With the Canada Revenue Agency, he was a Regional Program Advisor and managed specialized units covering the underground economy, specialized charity audits and other forensic issues.

He has been active in a variety of community organizations, holding various voluntary board positions. These include Treasurer of the Westben Arts Festival Theatre, Treasurer and then Chair of the Etobicoke Olympium, Treasurer of the Etobicoke Mental Health Association, Treasurer and then Chair of Women’s Habitat of Etobicoke, Treasurer and then President of the Belmont Lake Cottagers Association, the Treasurer for the Campbellford Lawn Bowling Club. and coach for youth soccer for 10 years.

Craig Kerr – Secretary

Craig Kerr Craig is a native of Brighton and returned to the area as a real estate broker in 1990. He has been married to Ruth for over 50 years. They have three children and seven grandchildren, all living close by.
Following graduation from Royal Military College, Craig served four years as a commissioned officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He then worked in the Greater Toronto Area at various senior management levels and as an entrepreneur for over 20 years.

He is a founding member of the Brighton Health Services Centre, and has served two terms on the Brighton Municipal Council. Other community involvements have included the Brighton Quinte West Family Health Team, the Brighton Quinte West Health Integration Committee, and various community service organizations.

Now that he is retired, Craig’s principal interests lie in advocating for health care, municipal development, and environmental issues. His role with The Bridge Hospice comes as a result of his belief that hospice services are a growing need but are a vastly underserviced aspect of our communities.


Dave Burnham

Dave Burnham was born and raised in Toronto. He worked for Carlton Cards for six years before deciding that Toronto was not for him. He travelled extensively in Europe and Africa, then relocated to Campbellford, where he had a 30-year career in sales with Kellogg’s.

Dave was an active member of the Campbellford Curling Club in the early 1980s, sitting on the board for seven years (including one year as president), and managed the bar and weddings for five years. He also helped navigate through the expansion phase of the club, along with many other people. Now retired, Dave and his wife, Carol, live just south of Campbellford, and spend their time golfing, curling, beekeeping, paddle boarding, and volunteering.

Dave’s Mom spent the last day of her life at The Bridge Hospice in January 2017, and he realizes what an asset it is to the Trent Hills area, and how important it is to ensure that its future is secure for generations to come.

Carrie Cleverdon

Carrie Cleverdon is a Nurse Practitioner at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre where she cares for medical patients, many of whom are facing life transitions such as to assisted living or palliative care. She is passionate about understanding the needs of her patients and delivering high quality care.

Carrie holds a nursing degree from York University and a Master of Public Health with Nurse Practitioner certification from Lakehead University. Prior to her role at PHRC, Carrie was an infectious disease nurse with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit, where she received several awards in recognition of her contributions to infection control processes and her support of fellow staff.

Community involvement has always been important to Carrie, whose first Board experience was serving as a junior director of the local Fair Board in Milton. She and her husband and young son now call Campbellford home, and she is keen to use her skills to advance the mission of the hospice.

Martin Edge

Martin Edge Martin was born and raised in Oakville. He graduated from Pharmacy at the University of Toronto in 1978. A decade later he, his wife Debra and children moved to Havelock where they purchased Havelock Pharmacy.

He has a strong awareness that a healthy and prosperous community has many facets. Martin was a member of the Havelock Chamber of Commerce for many years. The pharmacy has been a steady supporter of several sports groups and community associations.

Recently retired, Martin is now Chair of the Westben Arts Festival Theatre.

He looks forward to making a positive contribution to the board of The Bridge Hospice.

W.J. (Bill) Hogle

Bill-Hogle Bill is retired after a long career as a senior public servant with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, where he had particular interests in home care and mental health. His responsibilities included management of Ontario’s Home Care Program, administration for Whitby Psychiatric Hospital, and coordination of community health legislation. In Home Care, Bill supported initiatives for improved palliative care services for clients, and particularly their primary caregivers. He believes properly supported hospice care is one of the vital responses to a growing number of complex end-of-life issues.

Bill is a golfer, curler and licensed pilot, and was founding president for the PROBUS Club of Trent Hills. He and his wife Elizabeth live by the Trent River south of Campbellford.

Judy Kaufmann

Judy-Kaufmann Judy was born and raised in Montreal and moved to Ontario to attend Queen’s University. After living and working in Toronto, she moved to this area with her husband Mike, a family physician, in 1981. She fell in love with Northumberland and has never left. Judy was a teacher with the local school board until her retirement.

Judy is active in the community and has been on the board of the Westben Arts Festival Theatre and the Victoria Order of Nurses (VON). She runs a book club at the Warkworth Institute, she is a Master Gardener and is currently chair of the Jazz Night at the Warkworth Lilac Festival. Judy and Mike and their pets live on a farm outside Warkworth.

Michael Kaufmann

Mike is the founding Medical Director of the Physician Health Program of the Ontario Medical Association. Designed to assist professionals with substance abuse, psychiatric disorders, and other personal health problems, this program has served more than 8,000 doctors and students since its inception in 1995.

Mike is a medical graduate of the University of Toronto and a Fellow of the Canadian College of Family Physicians. He practised family medicine in Campbellford, Ontario for 14 years before dedicating himself to physician well-being. He is certified in addiction medicine by the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine, and is a diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Mike presents frequently on physician health as an invited speaker, educator, and consultant; his leadership in this area has been recognized through appointments to a number of professional advisory committees.

In May 2017, Mike retired as Medical Director of the Physician Health Program and is now a consultant in physician health, professionalism and addiction medicine. An avid musician and golfer, he and his wife, Judy, live in the Warkworth area where he is able to take advantage of the many opportunities offered by local community life and outdoor activities.

Kathleen Powe

Kathleen-Powe Kathleen is a seasoned fundraiser with over 17 years experience with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. Her skills were developed through various jobs at the provincial office in Toronto and in managing field offices throughout Ontario. Her well rounded not for profit experience includes event management, people management (volunteer and staff), training, budgeting, planning and analysis and community outreach. Kathleen also has previous work experience in government, government affairs and teaching English as a foreign language.

Kathleen is a supporter of the hospice and palliative care due to the personal experience of losing her husband to a terminal illness in 2010. Originally from Toronto, Kathleen and her family moved to Trent Hills in 2006.

Dr. Kent Tisher

Dr. Kent Tisher Dr. Tisher is a family physician. A new member of the Trent Hills Family Health Team, Kent is also Adjunct Clinical Academic with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. Kent completed his family medicine residency at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2014.

Kent is accomplished in the performing arts – particularly music and drama. With experience as a professional opera singer, he is also an organist, pianist and conductor. He has acted in, directed and stage-managed theatre productions. Now living in Warkworth, Kent is an avid writer, gardener, photographer, runner and cook.

Ruth Wojtiuk

Ruth Wojtiuk Ruth is a registered nurse with a distinguished career in community nursing, management, teaching,
and policy and program development. A long-time instructor at Ryerson University’s School of Nursing, Ruth is currently working with internationally educated nurses. Her visiting nursing experience fostered an interest in the provision of “comfort” care in a homelike setting to individuals with advanced illness. Inspirational visits to Dame Cicely Saunders’ palliative facility in London and to Canada’s first palliative-care ward at the Royal Victoria Hospital opened by Balfour Mount in 1973 led to active engagement in both the implementation of the VON palliative care team and the creation of the original Palliative Care Workgroup of Toronto.

Ruth is involved with the Annual Warkworth Art in the Park.